The summer heat is rolling in which means you’re running out of time to take care of some crucial routine car maintenance! Ensuring your vehicle is properly maintained is important to enjoying summer, especially if you plan on taking any long road trips. Here are a few routine summer car maintenance items to take care of from us here at Bell Mitsubishi!
Oil lubricates, cools, and protects the engine, and effectively works to prevent a major breakdown and costly repair later in the vehicle’s lifespan. The extreme summer heat can result in thinning of your old oil, and that won’t end well, especially if you’re in the middle of a family road trip. Save yourself both time and money by getting an oil change before summer arrives!
Keeping your tires properly maintained will result in better fuel economy, a smoother ride, and a pretty penny in savings. Start by checking to see if you have enough tread on your tires for optimal traction on wet roads. Next, check the tire pressure and inflate (or deflate) to the manufacturer-suggested level. Finally, look for any abnormalities, like bulges. Don’t forget to rotate your tires!
Heavy spring rains after winter’s ice likely did a number on your windshield wipers. Fortunately, a new set is cheap and easy to install. Simply check your owner’s manual for instructions. It only takes a few minutes!
Taking care of your car can be a bit of a hassle, especially if you aren’t sure what exactly going into regular maintenance. Fortunately, modern cars are advanced enough that they only need regular maintenance every few months. Here’s some crucial information on regular maintenance for your vehicle from us here at Bell Mitsubishi.
Most quick-change oil outlets advertise the 3,000-mile rule as the general guideline for when you need to have your car’s oil changes. Modern vehicles and oil technology have come a long way since that rule first came to light. Today’s vehicles vary when it comes to oil change by mileage. Your owner’s manual can give you can exact number but a general rule to stick to is every six months or 5,000-7,500 miles.
Most automakers stick to a pretty consistent service schedule. The 15,000-mile mark should include an oil change, tire rotation, and inspection of important components.
The 30,000-mile mark should include a more thorough inspection and new fuel filter. Some vehicles may need new transmission fluid at this point.
The 45,000-mile mark is generally the same as the 15,000-mile mark with the addition of new transmission fluid, provided it hasn’t been changed already.
The 60,000-mile mark should include new belts, valves, and hoses as well as the items included in the 30,000-mile mark.
The 100,000-mile mark should include new spark plugs and a few other items that vary from vehicle to vehicle.